15 years ago today, I joined Microsoft as an Associate Marketing Manager, working on the US Marketing Team. Everyone was in the final stages of the Windows 3.0 launch that would take place 6 weeks later.
I was hired to help with the marketing of LAN Manager and SQL Server. It was only a few years later that I joined what was then called the Consumer Division, as Product Manager of some of our multimedia products, including Musical Instruments, Dinosaurs, and several others.
Over the years, I've seen the company grow from a largely U.S. company to a global enterprise. I've seen personal computers go from being largely unknown to pervading our daily lives. And I've seen my family grow from being the two of us living in a small apartment in Redmond to seven of us living in a rural town.
A lot has changed in 15 years. One of the reasons I like being part of the Xbox group is that it retains the feel of a small company with a lofty mission.
15 years. Hard to believe.